Sufficient
Sufficient Suf*fi"cient, a. [L. sufficiens, -entis, p. pr. of sufficere: cf. F. suffisant. See {Suffice}.] 1. Equal to the end proposed; adequate to wants; enough; ample; competent; as, provision sufficient for the family; an army sufficient to defend the country. [1913 Webster]

My grace is sufficient for thee. --2 Cor. xii. 9. [1913 Webster]

2. Possessing adequate talents or accomplishments; of competent power or ability; qualified; fit. [1913 Webster]

Who is sufficient for these things? --2 Cor. ii. 16. [1913 Webster]

3. Capable of meeting obligations; responsible. [1913 Webster]

The man is, notwithstanding, sufficient . . . I think I may take his bond. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. Self-sufficient; self-satisfied; content. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Thou art the most sufficient (I'll say for thee), Not to believe a thing. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Enough; adequate; competent; full; satisfactory; ample. [1913 Webster]


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